Former United Planners Broker Jerry Lou Guttman allegedly sold over $7,000,000 worth of unregistered securities to customers of his former employer. Guttman allegedly sold membership interests in at least six different limited liability companies to 31 customers and seven non-customers without first disclosing the sales to United Planners, according to a recent Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent (AWC) issued by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). According to the AWC, Mr. Guttman neither admitted to nor denied the conduct charged by FINRA.
Guttman was a financial advisor and a registered representative of United Planners Financial Services of America from 2001 to October 2017. Guttman has also allegedly been the subject of three previous customer complaints. During his career, Guttman has been affiliated with Guttman Financial Group, Nationwide Planning & Benefits, Champion Entertainment Group, Walled Lake Properties, and Serenity Management.
FINRA Rule 3280 prohibits associated persons from participating in any manner in a private securities transaction without first providing written notice to the registered representative’s employing firm. The notice to the employer must occur before the private securities transaction begins. There are other requirements imposed by the rule, including that the employing firm must approve the transaction.